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CBS Board Takes No Action Against Les Moonves Amid Investigation Into Sexual Misconduct

CBS chairman Les Moonves will remain in place amid an investigation into various allegations of sexual misconduct.

The Board of Directors met Monday morning and made the decision. In announcing the move, the board said they were “in the process of selecting outside counsel to conduct an independent investigation. No other action was taken on this matter at today’s board meeting.”

A report in the New Yorker last week cited six women who came forward with allegations against Moonves, including actress Illeana Douglas. She claimed that during a meeting in 1997, Moonves suddenly began “violently kissing” her and holding her down on a couch.

“What it feels like to have someone hold you down—you can’t breathe, you can’t move,” she told Ronan Farrow. “The physicality of it was horrendous.”

The various allegations stem from several instances that allegedly took place from the 1980s to the late 2000s.

Moonves released a statement on Friday, saying, “I recognize that there were times decades ago when I may have made some women uncomfortable by making advances. Those were mistakes, and I regret them immensely. But I always understood and respected — and abided by the principle — that ‘no’ means ‘no,’ and I have never misused my position to harm or hinder anyone’s career.”